Take a safe, outdoor photo with Santa at A Frosty Fest. Photo courtesy of the festival
Take a safe, outdoor photo with Santa at A Frosty Fest. Photo courtesy of the festival

Where to Take Pictures With Santa in Westchester and the Hudson Valley in 2021

The Christmas season is hardly complete without a visit with Santa. While whispering in Santa’s ear might not be advisable this year, there are still plenty of safe Santa visits in the Westchester area for the season.

From traditional mall photo-ops to drive-thru and walk-through Santa sightings, we've found many fun ways to meet the man in red. Even more options are available to meet Santa online.

For more holiday fun, check out our Holiday Fun Guide, especially our roundup of must-do holiday experiences for Westchester kids.

Santa visits the bethel woods holiday market
Santa stops by the Bethel Woods Holiday Market. Photo courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Santa Pictures Near Westchester

Peace, Love & Lights Dinner with Santa — Bethel

Multiple dates in December
When reserving your drive-thru experience, tack on a reservation for dinner with Santa—but don’t delay, as sittings are known to sell out. Plus on weekends, check out special holiday market at Bethel Woods.

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Holidays on the Hill Train Show — Somers

Thursdays-Sundays through December 24; daily from Monday, December 27-Friday, December 31
Combine your Santa visit with a holiday train show at this popular annual event in Lasdon Park.

Come See Santa — Scarsdale

Thursday, December 2
Reserve your meeting with Santa at this event sponsored by the Child Care Council of Westchester. Donate an unused toy for those less fortunate to receive a digital picture with Santa.

Christmas in the Village — Monroe

Saturday, December 11-Sunday, December 12
This event with holiday shopping at Museum Village includes a chance to not only meet Santa, but Mrs. Claus, too. 

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Deliver a Christmas greeting to Santa at Westchester's Winter Wonderland drive-thru in Valhalla. Photo by Susan Miele

Holiday Drive-thrus and Walk-Throughs Where You Can Spot Santa

Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Experience — Valhalla

Daily through Sunday, January 2 (Except Dec. 24 and 25) 
Families pass a waving Santa and other costumed characters along this 1.2-mile, drive-thru experience, which also features elaborate light displays. Read our full review of the experience here.

Frosty Fest — Ulster Park

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 19
In addition to large-scale attractions, this annual event affords the opportunity to meet Santa outdoors. New this year: Santa's Magical Mansion features a choreographed light show.

Catskill Mountain Christmas Train — Kingston

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 19, plus Wednesday, December 22 and Thursday, Deecember 23 
Take a ride to the North Pole on an open-air flat car with a cup of hot cocoa to keep you warm. Along the way, wave to Santa and his elves as they say hello from the platform.

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Santa and his elves set up shop at the Cross County Shopping Center. Photo courtesy of the Center

Pictures With Santa at Westchester Malls in 2021

Photos With Santa at Cross County Shopping Center — Yonkers

Daily through Friday, December 24
The outdoor mall has set up Santa’s Workshop in a vacant store, where families can watch Santa tinker away. Round out your visit by stopping for a photo-op at the walk-through Christmas tree, or take a spin around the pop-up outdoor ice rink. Face coverings are encouraged if you're not vaccinated.

Santa Photo Experience at The Westchester Mall — White Plains

Daily through Friday, December 24
Santa welcomes visitors at The Westchester with safety measures in place. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Visitors can get a bird’s-eye view of Santa from his spot on Retail Level 1, Center Court from the floors above. 

Photos with Santa at Jefferson Valley Mall — Yorktown Heights

Daily through Tuesday, December 21
Santa and his team visit Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights. Children are encouraged to bring their letters to Santa to deposit in his mailbox. Assorted photo packages are available for a fee, and reservations are encouraged.

Santa Visits and Photos at Ridge Hill — Yonkers

Daily through Friday, December 24
Choose your photo package for this Santa encounter, located across from the Apple Store. Reservations are encouraged—and Santa, who is vaccinated, will also don a mask if asked. 

Santa Photos at Palisades Center — West Nyack

Daily through Friday, December 24
While walk-ins are accepted, your best bet is to reserve your child’s spot for a visit with Santa, who is set up on Level 1. 

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated for 2021.

Holiday Lights In Bloom
Orange County Arboretum, Thomas Bull Memorial Park (Grove St. entrance) - 5:00 PM Pick
Peace, Love & Lights
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts - 5:00 PM Pick
The Wonderland of Lights
Dutchess County Fairgrounds - 6:00 PM Pick
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